ABOUT THE PROCEDURE Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve


TPV therapy does not require open-heart surgery and is meant to delay the need for the next open-heart surgery. This generally means a shorter stay in the hospital, a quicker return to normal activities, and a much smaller incision.

During the Procedure

  1. You will be asleep under anesthesia.
  2. The large vein at the top of your leg (femoral vein) and/or the vein in your neck (internal jugular vein) will be used for the procedure.
  3. The delivery catheter system (a thin, hollow tube) holding the Harmony™ valve will be placed into the vein and guided into your heart by special X-ray equipment.
  4. Once the Harmony valve is in the pulmonary position, the valve will be uncovered, which allows it to expand to fit in place. The new valve will then be released from the delivery catheter.
  5. The Harmony valve will immediately begin to work, allowing blood to flow from the right pumping chamber, across the new valve, and out to the lungs.
  6. The delivery catheter will then be removed. The pressure across the valve will be measured and imaging pictures will be taken to make sure the valve is working properly.
  7. All catheters will be removed, the access site will be closed, and the procedure will be completed
Illustrated diagram showing how the Harmony TPV is inserted to the pulmonary valve.

After the Procedure

After the Harmony TPV procedure, you will go to a recovery room. Once you are awake, you will be moved to a regular hospital room where you’ll be able to eat and drink.

You likely will need to stay in the hospital overnight as most people go home the next day. Your doctor will provide you with more specific care instructions as well as any limitations you may have. Usually, you can return to normal activities in 1 to 2 days. If you have any questions, please ask your heart doctor or nurse.


After your Harmony TPV procedure, it is important to follow your heart doctor and heart care team’s instructions to ensure the best possible results.

  • Continue to take medications as prescribed.
  • Follow your daily care plan.
  • Keep appointments to have your heart and Harmony TPV checked.
  • Talk with your heart doctor or heart team if you have pain or other symptoms.
  • An implant card will be given to you. Be sure to keep it with you at all times.
  • If you have an unexplained, prolonged fever, contact your heart doctor or heart team.

Talk with your heart doctor or heart team if you have more questions about living with your Harmony valve.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.